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Leaking tranny fluid, automatic 96 jetta gls, where to top off?Time for new tranny pan? or maybe new tranny?

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Actually, mk3 vw's with auto transmissions cant just be topped off. you have to have it done by a certified tech, or if your mechanically inclined, you can buy a kit to do it. but, the problem is, there are magnetic shavings inside and when you flush it, you may or may not flush them with it, which in turn could be worse.

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